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University bids Lesotho Olympic team farewell and good luck

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24 July 2012

Team Lesotho said farewell to Wrexham as they headed to London to compete at the Olympic Games.

Glyndŵr University hosted a leaving lunch for the team at its Racecourse Stadium just before they left for the UK’s capital on Monday.

The athletes – three marathon runners, a 200m sprinter and a swimmer – have been staying at the Wrexham Village student complex and training at facilities including Queensway, Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse and Waterworld since Tuesday 10 July.

Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “It has been fantastic having the Lesotho team around the university and Wrexham. This part of Wales in particular has a very special relationship with Lesotho and the team’s stay here in Wrexham has hopefully strengthened those relations.

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“We wish team Lesotho all the best for London 2012 – we will be rooting for them and I’m sure they will do themselves and their country proud.”

The team also took in a trip to the Maelor School, Penley, which has strong links to communities in Lesotho, and met pupils from All Saints’ School, Gresford at Queensway as part of their pre-games build-up.

Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths said: “It was really important for the Welsh Government to bring the Olympic Games to Wales and it’s been an honour for Wrexham to host Lesotho. All of Wrexham will be behind you and I wish you all the very best of luck.”

A spokesperson for Team Lesotho said: “When we arrived in Wrexham last week we were driving around and didn’t really know where we were – and then we saw the Lesotho flag flying above the university.

“We have been honoured to stay here in Wrexham and touched in our hearts by the hospitality that we have received. Our two nations are miles apart globally but our experience here has brought home to us the richness of experiencing new cultures and working closely with other nations.”

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